Amateur Avani Prashanth cards 68 to take 5-shot lead in the 15th Leg of Hero WPGT
Chandigarh, November 16, 2022
Amateur Avani Prashanth returned a superb 4-under 68 to lead the field after the first day of the 15th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Wednesday.
The teenager had a bogey free 4-under front nine, but had two bogeys and two birdies on the back nine for the day’s only under par round.
Avani 16, already a two-time winner in 2021 on the pro circuit, birdied the second and then three in a row from the fourth to the sixth and later had birdies on the 12th and 13th. The dropped shots came on 10th and 15th.
She is now five shots clear of eight players who are tied at 1-over 73.
The eight include last week’s winner Ridhima Dilawari and two amateurs, Heena Kang and Jia Kataria. The others are Siddhi Kapoor, Rhea Purvi Saravanan, Anisha Agarwalla and Lakhmehar Pardesi.
Gaurika Bishnoi, who began with a double bogey and a bogey on the first two holes, finished with 74 and was tied ninth alongside Hitaashee Bakshi.
Among other prominent names, Sneha Singh (77) was tied 13th, Neha Tripathi and Seher Atwal were tied 19th with 78 and Afshan Fatima, runner-up last week, was 23rd with a round of 79.
Last year Avani won the third and the 11th Legs at BPGC, Mumbai and Panchkula Golf Club on the Hero WPG Tour. She was also runner-up at the seventh leg in DLF, Gurugram and the 10th leg at the same Chandigarh Golf Club.